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A community can be defined as a group of people of any size whose members reside in a specific locality and share resources needed to survive. A community can be a small rural community or a large metropolitan area. Size is not as important as understanding what all the 'shared resources' consist of, including who else uses the shared communities. In addition, some of the projects are specifically called 'sustainability indicators' but others are referred to as 'quality of life' or 'healthy community' or some other type of indicators. Regardless of the name or size of the region, the links below lead to communities working on ways to measure progress that leads to a more sustainable community. The communities in this list are grouped into three categories according to the size of a community:
Local Communities
The communities listed here are primarily single municipalities or a single county. At this level sustainability indicators efforts are lead by many different types of organizations from governmental agencies to grassroots groups to chambers of commerce.
Austin, Texas, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Lansing, Michigan, USA
Orlando, Florida, USA
Pierce County, Oregon, USA
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Santa Monica, California, USA
Seattle, Washington, USA
Sonoma County, California, USA
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Washtenaw County, Michigan, USA
Regional Efforts
The communities listed here represent multiple municipalities, often part of a larger metropolitan area and, in some cases, including local communities in multiple states or provinces.
Buffalo-Niagara Region, New York, USA
State of the Region: Performance Indicators for the Buffalo-Niagara Region in the 21st Century
Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Cape Cod Center for Sustainability
Central Texas Region, Texas, USA
Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties
Cincinnati Region, Ohio, USA
Includes eight counties in three states (Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky)
Eastern Vermont/Western New Hampshire, USA
Vital Communities
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton Social Planning Council
Local Indicators for Excellence
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Ten County region in Louisiana
Northwest Watch
Pacific Northwest area of North America - including the Canadian province British Columbia and the USA states Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development
Silicon Valley/Southern San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
Silicon Valley Environmental Partnership
South Puget Sound, Washington, USA
Sustainable Community Roundtable
Thomas Jefferson Planning District, Virginia, USA
Counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson, and the City of Charlottesville.
Western Sydney Region, Australia
Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
Willapa Bay, Washington, USA
Willapa Bay Alliance'98.html
State/Province level efforts
Minnesota, USA
Minnesota Milestones
Minnesota Sustainable Development Initiative
New Jersey, USA
New Jersey Future
Oregon, USA
Oregon Progress Board
National efforts
Calvert-Henderson Quality of Life Indicators
Dutch National Environmental Policy Plan (NEPP ) version, select "International" for English content)
The State of the Nation's Ecosystems: Measuring the Lands, Waters, and Living Resources of the United States
United Kingdom
UK Indicators of Sustainable Development - in Part 1
United States of America
Federal Interagency Working Group on Sustainable Development Indicators
International efforts
2001 Environmental Sustainability Index (ESI)
An initiative of the Global Leaders of Tomorrow Environment Task Force, World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting 2001, Davos, Switzerland.
Eurostat Environmental Indicators
United Nations
Indicators of Sustainable Development
The Wellbeing of Nations
A Country-by-Country Index of Quality of Life and the Environment, by Robert Prescott-Allen, 2001, Island Press.
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